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State economist: Mississippi economy grows, but lags US

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:11:19 GMT

A late summer pickup in job growth could boost Mississippi's economic output for 2017, state economist Darrin Webb said Tuesday, but that doesn't mean the Magnolia State's economy is off to the races. Webb told an audience at Millsaps College that the state appears to be on track for its overall economic output to expand for the first back-to-back years since 2007 and 2008.

Tupelo READS brings author to THS, library

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:48:08 GMT

Family, football and growing up in Mississippi are three experiences explored in this year's Tupelo READS book, which found a captive audience in Tupelo High School students. A book is chosen each year by the program's committee and all members of the community are encouraged to read it.

After 170 years, remains of US troops return from Mexico

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:12:44 GMT

Remains of U.S. troops who died in the Mexican-American War are being returned from Mexico for forensic study that might determine where they were from and how they died. Mortuary affairs spokesman Maj.

Who funds campaigns? Miss. eases into searchable info

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:46:13 GMT

Mississippi is becoming the last state to allow electronic filing of campaign finance reports, a step toward easier public access to information about who is spending money to influence elections. The National Institute on Money in State Politics says all 49 other states already had either mandatory or voluntary electronic filing of finance reports.

Bobby Harrison: Mississippi could have had billions in health trust fund

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:13:46 GMT

Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote "The best-laid plans of mice and men often go askew. And leave us nothing but grief and pain.

Leaders using data to drive decisions

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:58:43 GMT

Specifically, the "Data in Education and Workforce Training" panel discussed how the state uses a wide array of data from various agencies to better understand the problems facing Mississippi's workforce and other areas. "We're changing the mindset on how we are spending your tax dollars - from what are we spending to what are we buying? What is the return on investment?" House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, told the crowd of more than 100 business leaders and government workers.

Death-penalty drugmaker shouldn't be anonymous

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 07:52:07 GMT

In a case that evokes a modern-day hangman's mask, a pharmacy that provides lethal drugs for carrying out the death penalty is arguing that it has a constitutional right to anonymity. The argument should fail, because there's no right to confidentiality in providing government services.

PERS head speaks at MSU Thursday

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 03:53:04 GMT

This week the public can hear the latest on the state of the Mississippi Public Employees' Retirement System, straight from the group's executive director. Pat Robertson, head of PERS, will speak at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Parker/North Ballroom of the Hunter Henry Alumni Center on Mississippi State University's campus.

Savannah author's memoir wins American humor prize

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:30:30 GMT

The annual award was presented Monday at Carolines on Broadway. The host for the evening was John Kenney, the 2014 Thurber Prize for American Humor winner for his book, Truth in Advertising.

Good news, bad news: Mississippi economy grows, but lags US

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:54:39 GMT

State economist Darrin Webb says a pickup in job growth in the late summer could boost Mississippi's overall economy for 2017. Webb told a Millsaps College audience Tuesday that the state appears to be on track for its overall economic output to expand for the first back-to-back years since 2007 and 2008.

Photo credit: USM

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:44:42 GMT

In 1910, when the City of Hattiesburg was growing as a lumber and railroad town, Mississippi Normal College was founded on the western outskirts of town as a teacher-training college. Though the institution's name changed from Mississippi Normal College to State Teacher's College and later to Mississippi Southern College and finally in 1962 to The University of Southern Mississippi, its long-standing tradition of educating and training tomorrow's teachers continues today.

Stuesse to discuss state's immigrant workforce at The W

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 08:05:45 GMT

Angela Stuesse will speak at 6:30 p.m. in Nissan Auditorium on The W campus. The program is free to the public.

Horrifying moment a man opens fire in a Mississippi nail salon is caught on camera

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:06:23 GMT

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2016 Presidential Debate

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:06:22 GMT

A new Dept. of Education grant is helping students with the costs of AP tests. Every high school in Mississippi wants more students to take Advanced Placement exams, but those tests can be expensive.

New Zika and West Nile cases in Mississippi

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:28:30 GMT

Mississippi health officials are reporting two new travel-related cases of the Zika virus in the state. That brings the 2016 total to 23 in Mississippi.

Veterans Service Officer now located at Southern Miss Gulf Park

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:24:18 GMT

In a partnership between The University of Southern Mississippi and the Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board , a new service position has now come available on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach to be of assistance to military veterans along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Annette Carr, retired U.S. Navy petty officer, first class, has joined the University's Gulf Park campus as a Veterans Service Officer for the state of Mississippi.

Analysis: As prison closes, state still reckons with debt

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:13:18 GMT

That, more than anything, might be the logic behind the announcement from Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher last week that the state prison system intends to seek new uses for the recently closed Walnut Grove Correctional Facility. Fisher said last week saying the department is considering using the 1,500-bed facility as an alternative to prison, as a facility to house prisoners after parole violations, or to help prisoners prepare to re-enter society.